Exhibitions/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

羅漢図 (十六羅漢図の内)
Arhats

Period:
Nanbokuchō period (1336–92)
Date:
late 14th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 45 7/8 x 19 3/8 in. (116.5 x 49.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 75 3/4 x 25 3/8 in. (192.4 x 64.5 cm) Overall with knobs: 75 3/4 x 27 1/8 in. (192.4 x 68.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.23
Not on view
According to Buddhist scripture, arhats (Japanese: rakan) are protectors of the Dharma who also use assorted magical powers to assist the faithful. They were frequently depicted in groups of eight, sixteen, eighteen, twenty-eight, or five hundred. The arhats pictured were originally part of a group of sixteen (of which only seven are extant) once owned by Hokokuji, a temple on the island of Shikoku. Each arhat in the set is identified by a cartouche at the upper right or left.
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Mighty Kano School: Orthodoxy and Iconoclasm," December 18, 2004–June 5, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Autumn and Winter," June 22, 2006–September 10, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human Figure in Japanese Art," 2007–2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ukiyo-e Artists' Responses to Romantic Legends of Two Brothers: Narihira and Yukihira," March 27, 2008–June 8, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

Related Objects

Portrait of Shun'oku Myōha

Date: ca. 1383 Medium: Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk Accession: 2007.329 On view in:Not on view

Aizen Myōō

Date: 14th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink, color, gold, and cut gold leaf on silk Accession: 66.90 On view in:Not on view

Portrait of Xuanzang (Genjō) with Attendant

Artist: In the Style of Kasuga Motomitsu (Japanese, active early 11th century) Date: 14th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 29.160.29 On view in:Gallery 224

Cicada on a Grapevine

Artist: Bokurin Guan (Japanese, active late 14th century) Date: late 14th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink on paper Accession: 2015.300.58 On view in:Not on view

Portrait of Jion Daishi (Guiji)

Date: 14th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 50.137 On view in:Gallery 224